Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ghiradelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop

I don't stop by Ghiradelli's Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop as much as I once did when we lived downtown. This place is located in the popular Gaslamp District of San Diego and is hopping any night of the week and during the weekends.

I love these cute tables on the outdoor patio. As soon as you walk inside, you will be greeted by a hostess with a free sample of chocolate. Typically the sample is the milk chocolate with caramel squares but sometimes they change it up and offer something different.

They recently did some light remodeling and added this table which allows you to mix and match your own chocolates. They have a new flavor which is caramel latte so I grabbed a few of those to try.

Checking out the artwork on the walls while we were waiting for our ice cream treat! My daughter and I ordered the Rocky Road Sundae. Next time I am trying to Peanut Butter Chocolate Sundae.

I also posted a video of our Ghiradelli trip, you can watch it here:

Monday, March 28, 2011

Brickyard Coffee and Tea

On Sunday we went for a bicycle ride to downtown San Diego. Roundtrip it is about 14 miles. We once lived downtown, twice actually. One of our favorite places is this little brick building on the corner of G Street and Kettner right along the train and trolley tracks called Brickyard Coffee and Tea.

Check out of the amazing breakfast bagel sandwich. They use a really tasty seasoning that we can't quite pinpoint what it is. I usually get a tomato pesto bagel, but I opted for a Caramel Macchiato. It was the first time I ordered a hot drink from Brickyard and it was very impressive.

This is the view as we sit on the brickyard patio.

We stopped at a bayside park on the way home to let our daughter play. I will be posting some video of Brickyard on my YouTube Channel within the next day or two.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Episode on AllRecipes, Behind The Scenes

My "What's Cooking?" episode airs beginning today on
You can find the video by clicking on the "Video" tab. Be sure to check out some of the other episodes on there!
Above is the MySweetCreations Peanut Butter Pie that we decorated and ate in the episode.

Yes, the dirty dishes and crumbs in the sink were driving me nuts while I was filming. I like to clean up as I go but when you are on camera you can't walk away and clean up.

That's David, the camera man.

We also shot an episode in my daughter's room at her pink retro kitchen. She is serving up some ice cream with Michael.

The recipe is now published on here!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Reese's Cheesecake

I decided to create my own cheesecake a few nights ago. I decided to make a Reese's Peanut Butter Cheesecake since I had plenty of Reese's Cups on hand.

This baby has an Oreo cookie crust, rich peanut buttery cheesecake filling with chopped Reese's Cups and topped with milk chocolate ganache.

I made some homemade whipped cream to pipe on to and added more chopped Reese's Cups.

I reserved some extra milk chocolate ganache to drizzle across each slice. Here is the recipe created by me:

1 ½ Cup Oreos, crushed
2 Tablespoons Butter, melted

3 8 ounce packages cream cheese
½ Cup Brown Sugar
½ Cup White Sugar
4 Eggs
2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla
¼ Cup Heavy Cream
1 ¼ Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
10 Full Size Reese’s Cups

½ Cup Heavy Cream
¾ Cup Milk Chocolate Chips
Whipped Cream
Roasted Peanuts

Preheat oven to 350. Crush Oreos. Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl and add crushed Oreos and mix until moistened. Pour into a 9” springform pan and pat crust down firmly and set aside.
Mix cream cheese, brown sugar and white sugar together. Add eggs one at a time incorporated. Add in vanilla, heavy cream and peanut butter until well mixed. Chop Reese’s Cups and add to mixture and pour into the springform pan and bake 20 minutes at 350. Turn down oven to 300 degrees and bake for an additional 40 minutes. Turn off oven, crack oven door open and allow cheesecake to rest in the oven until it cools off.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Treats

I managed to make these brownies last night in between the pain. I went to dental to have some work done because I experienced sudden and kinda intense teeth sensitivity but the work caused a lot of pain in the muscles and tissues in my jaw and cheek. I would often stop mixing and sit and on the kitchen floor and rock myself until the pain would pass...pretty dramatic but true. At least the sensitivity is gone and what I feel now will pass soon too.

I mentioned in my past post I haven't been in the mood to bake much lately, but last night despite the pain I was in the mood. I was taking my daughter to a St. Patrick's Day potluck playdate and in MySweetCreation's fashion, I bring the sweets.
These are brownies with a green buttercream frosting and tempered milk chocolate piped on top. The recipe is the Luck O' Irish Brownies from
The green buttercream is suppose to be peppermint flavored but I didn't have any, so I used vanilla. I opted to make this recipe in my springform pan instead of a 9x13. I refrigerated it and then used a flat edged knife to smooth out the green buttercream after it was cool to give it a better appearance. I also opted to temper milk chocolate to pipe over the top instead of the semi-sweet chocolate layer the recipe came with because some mentioned it was difficult to cut.

I also made The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies and Sugar Cookie Icing from
These are one of my favorite kind of cookies. A little time consuming but totally worth it. I got started and made the dough before my dental appointment. I was able to roll the dough out in the afternoon and bake them. I iced them in the evening. This icing is the kind that dries smooth and glossy, but they need to sit out and dry overnight before you can move or stack them.

This is just a couple of the things from the St. Patrick's Day potluck. All of the food was great and everything was very green or St. Patrick's Day themed in color. I drank green milk and juice, snacked on green pasta, mac and cheese, grapes, and even green french bread!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Still Here...

Sorry I have been missing lately. I haven't been feeling the greatest due to some autoimmune issues I have. I haven't been in the mood to bake much lately. It doesn't help when I have a loss of appetite...none of my beloved sweets can even tempt me during these times. I was incrediby bored the other evening and I created the pie pictured above. I guess I am calling it my "Chocolate Spice Pie." Not too creative, but let me know if you can come up with a better name. It is an Oreo based crust, a cream cheese, powdered sugar, chocolate, and homemade whipped cream pie with cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg spices.

This is an ice cream recipe I made from

I have been craving garlic spinach which one of our favorite sides to order at our Chinese restaurant so I decided to create it at home based on the taste from the restaurant. I think it is pretty close...or good enough and I have been making this a couple of times a week.

I have been eating a lot of Greek Grilled Cheese sandwiches. You can find the recipe on but it is basically your classic grilled cheese with chopped red onion, tomatos, and crumbled feta added to the inside. I also slice off a small piece of feta cheese and grill it on the side, which if what you see pictured on the left of the plate. Grilling feta really brings out the flavor of the cheese. I like to slice extra tomato and onion to eat with the grilled feta.

Lastly, I made these cookie dough cupcake with buttercream last week for a Dr. Suess themed playdate. I am not a expert decorator, my style is more simple so I opted to decorate with the colors of Cat in the Hat.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Homemade Pop Tarts

I recently came across a recipe which I found on
The recipe is actually called" Home Made Top Tarts." I also recently saw The Cheeky Kitchen's blog and her homemade pop tarts and finally got the opportunity to try them out.

I will include the link for the recipe at the bottom of the post.

These really grew on me, but first you should know they are very easy to make, although they may not look like it. You use store bought pie crust. I bought a two pack of Pillsbury pie crust for $1.75. I already had some seedless strawberry jam at home that I used for the filling. I was intially put off that they were a little flaky, but I enjoyed them much more the following day.

Here is the link for the recipe:
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Friday, March 4, 2011

The Container Store

I decided to stop by The Container Store since it has been six years since I last stepped foot into this store. I drive past it often, always thinking of going in, but with San Diego traffic and every other person in San Diego trying to go to the Fashion Valley Mall it is isn't worth the headache. Good luck finding parking at this end of Fashion Valley!

So I ended up stopping in the middle of the afternoon, after the lunch crowd had gone back to work and let me tell was pure heaven. If you like to clean and organize as much as I do, this is a store you would appreciate.

Love these baskets that slide onto kitchen cabinet shelving. I am thinking of storing extra spices that I don't use often or seasoning packets on these shelves. What would you use them for?

I thought these were cute! They are little stainless saucepans, one measures tablespoons and the other measures teaspoons.

Ah....I need more time to go back and browse around for a while. A person could do some serious damage is very inspirational! I resisted making a purchase until I can spend more time looking around.

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